The Mersey White Water Forest Reserve that was once managed by Forestry Tasmania has been transferred to the management of the Parks and Wildlife Service as part of the 2013 Tasmanian Forest Agreement and is now known as the Mersey White Water Regional Reserve. This area of the upper Mersey River between Lake Parangana and Lake Rowallan was burnt in the Mersey Forest Complex of fires started by the lightning strikes on the 13th of January with further impacts occurring during the floods of June 2016. During the fire the bridges, fence and staircase that are upstream of the toilet block at the picnic ground were burnt.
Click here to see more information about the site: http://tas.canoe.org.au/info_uppermersey
Click on the damage reports for more information:
The Parks and Wildlife Service are aware of the significance of the reserve to the white water community and would like the community to assist in developing a site plan that sets out how the reserve may be used, developed and maintained into the future. This includes repair or replacement of any of the fire or flood damaged infrastructure.
Stakeholders, user groups and consultation
The white water paddling community is a diverse group consisting of slalom and wildwater racing kayakers, freestyle kayakers, recreational kayakers, rafters, school outdoor education groups, commercial rafting companies and Canoe Tasmania that uses the location for wildwater skills, wildwater rescue and instructor training courses. Each of these groups has slightly different uses and requirements for the site that in the main are complementary.
The general paddling community and representatives of each of the user -stakeholder groups are welcome to be involved in the development of the site plan.
If you have a vision for how the site could be managed or simply use the site you can be involved in a couple of different ways:
- You can fill in a survey about how you use the area by following this link (its open until 16th September) : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2F6Y9SK
- You can make a submission including an annotated map. Make sure you prioritise your suggestions.
- Download a Mersey White Water Regional Reserve Site Plan 2016 submission form here (return it by the 16th of September):
- email your submission and map (scan the map if needed) to : Merseyrivertas@gmail.com
- Volunteer your skills to help with development of the plan or maintenance work at the site. Send us an email at: Merseyrivertas@gmail.com